FC: Free-market.net's roundup of state ballot wins and losses

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Wed Nov 06 2002 - 08:50:20 PST

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    1- OR rejects government-controlled health care
    Salt Lake Tribune
         Warned of drastically higher taxes, voters in Oregon on
         Tuesday rejected a proposal to create the nation's first
         completely government-dominated, single-payer health
         care plan. (11/06/02)
    2- MA barely keeps state income tax
    Boston Globe
         Massachusetts voters defeated a referendum to abolish the
         Bay State's personal income tax. Opposed by all major
         politicians, the Libertarian-sponsored measure still
         pulled 47% of the vote. (11/06/02)
    3- AZ rejects loosened marijuana law
    Arizona Republic
         Arizonans defeated a ballot proposition liberalizing
         marijuana laws. The measure stirred controversy by
         requiring the state to give away marijuana for free.
         They also passed another measure toughening penalties.
    4- OH voters say no to drug treatment instead of jail
         By a 2 to 1 margin, Ohio voters defeated a proposed state
         constitutional amendment that would required judges to
         prescribe treatment instead of jail time for drug
         possession offenses. (11/06/02)
    5- NV voters reject legalizing marijuana
    Las Vegas Review-Journal
         The drive to make Nevada the first state with legal
         marijuana failed overwhelmingly as 61% of voters
         rejected the ballot's Question 9. (11/06/02)
    6- NV ban on gay marriage passes
    Las Vegas Sun
         Nevada voters showed their conservative side at the polls,
         voting to add a ban on gay marriages to the state's
         constitution. (11/06/02)
    7- FL approves workplace smoking ban
    Minneapolis Star-Tribune
         Florida voters approved a sweeping ban on smoking in
         restaurants and virtually all other workplaces.
    8- Tenacious Thompson out but not down
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
         Ed Thompson, the Libertarian candidate for governor of
         Wisconsin, didn't make it to the governor's office --
         but he had the best third-party showing in 60 years,
         with 10% of the vote. (11/06/02)
    9- Jury nullification loses in SD
    The Argus Leader
         A measure that would allow criminal defendants to ask the
         jury to judge the merits of the law was rejected by
         South Dakota voters by 77% to 23%. (11/06/02)
    10- As many as 8 state legislatures could get minor party lawmakers
    USA Today
         Candidates from the Green, Libertarian, Constitution,
         Progressive, Working Families, Independence and Mountain
         parties were running strong races for state House and
         Senate seats from Maine to Oregon. (11/06/02)
    11- New campaign restrictions and legal battles start
    Washington Post
         In the wake of the election, the speech restrictions in a
         campaign finance "reform" act take effect, and the
         battle begins in court over the law's First Amendment
         ramifications. (11/06/02)
    12- Justices hear challenge to three-strikes law
    Washington Post
         The Supreme Court hears arguments over a California law
         that mandates long prison terms for repeat offenders --
         even if the trigger is a petty offense. (11/06/02)
    13- The FBI has bugged our public libraries
    Hartford Courant
         "The Federal Bureau of Investigation has bugged the
         computers at the Hartford Public Library. And it's
         probable that other libraries around the state have also
         been bugged." (11/06/02)
    14- Pool of unemployed hardly stagnant
    Washington Post
         A new Labor Department survey shows that the labor market,
         described in recent months by many economists and
         policymakers as stagnant, instead features change, with
         millions of people each month getting hired and fired.
    15- U.S. may set up domestic spy agency
         America is contemplating a radical overhaul of the FBI and
         the creation of a domestic spying organization modelled
         on Britain's MI5, according to U.S. intelligence sources.
         Ridge will be holding talks with upper-level M15
         personnel. (10/31/02)
    16- War views split along generation gap
    Christian Science Monitor
         National surveys find young Americans most supportive of
         military action. Older citizens are skeptical. (11/06/02)
    17- Carving up of Iraqi oil riches begins
         The leader of the London-based Iraqi National Congress met
         executives of three U.S. oil multinational companies to
         negotiate the carve-up of Iraq's massive oil reserves
         post-Saddam. (11/03/02)
    18- San Francisco backs city marijuana distribution
    San Francisco Chronicle
         San Francisco voters approved a measure to have the city
         study growing and dispensing marijuana for medical
         purposes in response to federal crackdowns on
         medical-cannabis clubs. (11/06/02)
    19- Politically correct coffee loses in Berkeley
    San Francisco Chronicle
         An initiative that would have required all cups of coffee
         sold in Berkeley, California to be "fair trade,'' shade-grown
         or organic was overwhelmingly rejected.  (11/06/02)
    20- Honk if you want a ticket
    San Antonio Express
         Honking for peace during the "No War In Iraq" march in
         downtown San Antonio on Saturday resulted in a retired
         military man receiving a ticket. Others who also honked
         were not cited. He plans to contest the ticket.
    21- Cannabis drugs pass testing milestone in UK
    News Scientist
         Cannabis-based drugs could be prescribed in the UK as early
         as 2003, following successful final-stage trials in
         patients with multiple sclerosis. Compared with standard
         treatments alone, the drugs significantly improved
         symptoms of MS and reduced pain caused by other types of
         nerve damage. (11/05/02)
    22- French prostitutes protest crackdown
         Wearing white masks with tears painted on them, hundreds of
         prostitutes rallied in front of the French Senate to
         protest a high-profile government crackdown on their
         livelihood. (11/05/02)
    23- Surgeon says cash for organs only way to solve shortage
    by Ned Stafford
         "The number of organs donated for transplantation is only a
         fraction of what is needed to meet growing demands,
         making it necessary to implement financial incentives to
         encourage people to donate organs, according to a German
         transplant surgeon." (10/31/02)
    24- China tracks internet use with swipe IDs
    The Register
         People in the central Chinese province of Jiangxi who use
         cybercafes are having their online activities monitored
         by police via internet ID cards containing personal
         details. (11/06/02)
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